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Locks, Legends & Canals: The Saguenay

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Come cruise with us from New York City, past the Statue of Liberty, up the Hudson River, to the Erie Canal, Lake Ontario, north to Canada via the St. Lawrence River and on to the magnificent Saguenay Fjord, Quebec. You’ll spend plenty of time getting to know each city we visit, starting with a full day in New York.

For some travelers, that would be enough, but not when you’re aboard the only ship in the world that can make a trip like this. Spend 14 glorious days visiting new cities and historic landmarks, meeting the local residents, experiencing their culture and learning the history of upstate New York and the Province of Quebec.

You’ll experience first-hand going through the locks of the Erie Canal, an engineering marvel for nearly 200 years, that helped open the American west. And you’re bound to remember crossing into Canada on the scenic St. Lawrence River, and spending time in Quebec City, the closest thing to an Old World European city in North America.

From there we sail to picturesque Saguenay. You’ll marvel at the natural beauty of its fjord, but you aren’t its only visitors. This area attracts schools of Beluga Whales. So keep those cameras handy. Next is a return stop to Quebec. Who wouldn’t mind a little more time among the shops and cafes?And finally, it’s one last day of sailing down to beautiful, vibrant Montreal. Here you will disembark, taking with you the fullness of new experiences, new friendships and memories of good times.

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Waterways Navigated


ADVENTURE DAY-BY-DAY

New York, NY

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From the bustling bright lights of Manhattan to the treasure of Quebec City, travel the waterways which blend the cultures of the US and Canada. This journey introduces you to both amazing civil engineering feats such as the Erie Canal and stunning natural wonders like the 1000 Islands region. A tour of New York Harbor, from the comfort of our own small ship, puts you in a NY state of mind before setting sail on the Hudson River.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

NYC Shuttle
Enjoy an optional shuttle from our dock to the heart of New York City, Times Square. This all-day shuttle service will be running approximately once every hour, providing transportation at the cost 1 trip downtown by taxi or Uber! Check with your cruise director for day of schedule. Available only when docked in Chelsea Piers.


Hop On, Hop Off Big Bus Tour
Have you ever been on a tour and wanted to hop off and explore a particular attraction? Well now you can with Big Bus Tours of New York City. You will have the option of not 1 but 2 tours, one of Uptown, one of Downtown, that you can hop on and off all day long! This exciting tour will start at the M&M World in iconic Times Square. On the Uptown you will see and hear all about the Broadway Theater District, Grand Central Terminal, the MET, the Frick Museum, Central Park Zoo, the Plaza Hotel, Columbus Circle, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden. On the Downtown tour you will see Times Square, Bryant Park, 5th Avenue, the Empire State Building, the Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village, NOHO, SOHO, Little Italy, Chinatown, Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall, Wall Street, the Charging Bull Statue, Statue of Liberty from Battery Park, and Restaurant Row. If you decide to explore any one of these destinations more, another bus will be along approximately every half an hour.

Available only on 8/16 and 9/15 itineraries.

Kingston, NY

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This morning in Kingston, NY, treat yourself to an optional tour of nearby Hyde Park and Springwood, the beloved estate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. We’ll follow the Hudson River through the Erie Canal, a testament to American ingenuity, and into the Oswego Canal. Watch as the ship’s unique retractable pilot house is lowered, allowing the vessel to slip easily beneath low bridges.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Hudson River Maritime Museum - COST INCLUDED
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is the only museum in New York State exclusively dedicated to preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries that developed around it. Indoor and outdoor exhibits on the Hudson River maritime history, a gift shop, waterfront special events, and boat rides to the historic Rondout Lighthouse are available at the museum. The museum is self-guided and is located within walking distance, along the banks of the Rondout Creek.

Historic Hyde Park Tour
“All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River,” wrote Franklin D. Roosevelt during his years in the White House. You will understand his sentiment when you visit Springwood, the first U.S. Presidential Library and Museum, honoring America’s only Preside elected to four terms. On the grounds are the family home, where FDR was born, and the graces of Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor. Your guide will give you an in-depth interpretation of this historic area and its founding families on your drive to and from the ship.

Cruise the Erie Canal

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Relax during a full day of sailing on the Erie Canal’s calm waters. Blount Small Ship Adventures is the only overnight cruise line to sail this famed waterway. Enjoy a daytime tour of nearby Saratoga Springs, popular for its plentiful mineral springs. Your tour includes a visit to the Saratoga Battlefield, site of the first major American victory during the American Revolution. Conclude your day with musical entertainment.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Saratoga National Historical Park
After a drive from the ship to Saratoga, your tour will begin at the Saratoga National Park Visitor's Center with a description of the British Campaign of 1777. From there, your expert guide for the day will join you back on your bus to tell you stories and give you some background as you make your way through the park. Stops and talks will occur at the Morgan Monument, the American Defensive Line, the Barber Wheat Field where the October 7th battle began, Freeman's Farm where the September 19th battle began and where fighting occurred on October 7th, and the Breyman Redoubt where the October 7th battle ended and where the Benedict Arnold Monument is located. There will also be a stop somewhere along the way for you to enjoy the park and eat your lunch.

Rome, NY

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A second full day on the Erie Canal invites you to enjoy an optional excursion to Fort Stanwix in the Mohawk River Valley, where the 1777 Siege of Fort Stanwix endured for nearly three weeks.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Tour of Fort Stanwix
Take part in a guided tour of colonial era Fort Stanwix, located in Rome, New York. For thousands of years the ancient trail that connects the Mohawk River and Wood Creek served as a vital link for people traveling between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Ontario. Travelers used this well-worn route through Oneida Indian territory to carry trade goods and news, as well as diseases, to others far away. When Europeans arrived, they called this trail the Oneida Carrying Place and inaugurated a significant period in American history--a period when nations fought for control of not only the Oneida Carrying Place, but the Mohawk Valley, the homelands of the Six Nations Confederacy, and the rich resources of North America as well. In this struggle Fort Stanwix would play a vital role. Known as "the fort that never surrendered," Fort Stanwix, under the command of Col. Peter Gansevoort, successfully repelled a prolonged siege, in August 1777, by British, German, Loyalist, Canadian, and American Indian troops and warriors commanded by British Gen. Barry St. Leger. The failed siege combined with the battles at Oriskany, Bennington, and Saratoga thwarted a coordinated effort by the British in 1777, under the leadership of Gen. John Burgoyne, to take the northern colonies, and led to American alliances with France and the Netherlands. Troops from Fort Stanwix also participated in the 1779 Clinton-Sullivan Campaign and protected America's northwest frontier from British campaigns until finally being abandoned in 1781.

Oswego, NY

Cruise along the Oswego Canal to Oswego, NY, on the shores of magnificent Lake Ontario. As the ship exits the canal, witness the pilot-house being raised back up to its full position. Delight to the sounds of live musical entertainment this evening.

Alexandria Bay, NY

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Continuing through the scenic Thousand Islands, visit tiny Dark Island, NY in Chippewa Bay and tour Singer Castle, a mansion used for rum-running during Prohibition. 

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Singer Castle Tour - COST INCLUDED
American history and local folklore meet at Singer Castle on Dark Island, located on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Constructed in 1905, Singer Castle is the only castle on the river to be completed, fully furnished and resided in during the heyday of the “great builders” and industrialists in New York. The Castle, which is accessible only by water, was designed and built to be a “hunting lodge” of Commodore Frederick Gilbert Bourne, a self-made millionaire. Enjoy this 45-minute guided tour, including four floors of the Castle featuring the Great Hall, Library, Dining Room, Breakfast Room, Terrace, Drawing Room, Loggia, Wicker Room, Bedrooms, Guest Rooms and 4th floor Dormitory. Your tour guides will share the unique history and mysteries of the Castle, as you view original furnishings and artifacts, and even secret passages. Don’t miss this highlight of your 1,000 Islands experience.

Cruise the St. Lawrence River

Crossing into Canada via the St. Lawrence Seaway, you will be awe-struck by the immense natural beauty surrounding you. Welcome to the splendor of 1000 Islands region where Emerald pines and stone castles stand guard. Called the ‘Garden of the Great Spirit,’ by the Iroquois, there are 1800 islands here straddling the US and Canadian borders.

Quebec City, QC

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Depart the enchanting 1000 Islands region for the quaint, French-inspired, Quebec City considered by many to be the most romantic city in North America. Offering a distinctly French culture, cobblestone streets, and the historic architecture of Old Town, your afternoon arrival allows time to discover the city’s treasures during an optional guided walking tour.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Tour
Discover, in comfort, the renowned sites and heritage of this ancient capital. Quebec’s historical, cultural and sacred monuments bear witness to four centuries of life in North America. A local expert will introduce the highlights of this majestic city, such as the Parliaments Buildings, the Battle Fields Park, Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, Chateau Frontenac, Place d’Armes, and Place Royale. Then to top it all off, a stop will be at the Marie-Guyart Building, where you will view the city’s splendor from 31 floors up! Take in breath taking views from this height of over 700 feet, with panoramas such as the St. Lawrence River, Ile-d’Orleans, the Laurentian Mountains, the city’s fortifications and the winding cobblestone streets that make this city so charming. The best is yet to come with a journey to the majestic Montmorency Falls. These impressive falls were named by Samuel de Champlain after the duke of Montmorency. At 272 feet tall, they’re 98 feet taller than Niagara Falls, and offer a thunderous experience and a beautiful photo opportunity.

Old Quebec Walking and Wine Tour
In Old Quebec, your experienced guide will make the history of Quebec come alive as you walk the charming cobblestone streets of the Old Town. Best explored on foot, you will discover nearly four centuries of history. Essentially a living museum, the Old Town is the only walled city in North America and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. On this tour you will see the Place-Royale, Petit-Champlain Street, Funicular, Chateau Frontenac, Dufferin Terrace, and Upper City. On this tour you will also enjoy a wine tasting in one of Quebec’s historical buildings, with an informative presentation of a variety of wines from the Province of Quebec.

Tours may be available upon first or second arrival in Quebec City.

Port de Saguenay, QC

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Arrive in the beautiful riverside village of Port de Saguenay this afternoon. You’ll soon see why Saguenay was voted the happiest city in Canada!

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Saguenay Highlights
At the tip of a majestic fjord where the waters of the Saguenay and the Saint Lawrence Rivers meet lies the charming village of Saguenay. With a decidedly French atmosphere and a touch of the Old World, you will visit the district of Chicoutimi, and learn about the areas cultural, historic and natural history. As you begin your sightseeing tour, you’ll discover the importance of the Fjord, deeply chiseled in the Laurentians Mountains, as a natural trading route for the first Nations people of the area. In the 1600’s, France established its first fur trading post and colonization of the area soon followed. Passing the industrial area, you will see how the early 20th century brought exploitation of the river with logging, the pulp and paper industries, and aluminum production. Continuing to Chicoutimi, you’ll drive along its main street, rue Racine and its Old Port. A photo stop will be made at the Cultural Quarter and the Little White House that miraculously survived the Flood of 1996. A tour will also be made at the Pulp Mill of Chicoutimi. Founded in 1898, the mill played a key role in the development of the area. Also noted as the first French Canadian owned Pulp Company the mill produced a high-quality pulp that was exported throughout the world. You’ll then drive by the Ha! Ha! Pyramid in La Baie district where you will learn of the great flood of 1996 that devastated the region and proved to be one of Canada’s greatest natural disasters. Guests will have the option of returning to the ship or stay at La Baie district and discover this area on their own and returning at your leisure to the ship using the shuttle bus.

Cruise the Saguenay River & St. Lawrence Seaway

Founded by Jacques Cartier in 1536, The Saguenay River is nestled beneath towering cliffs and enveloped in pine. The Saguenay supposedly gets its name from an Iroquoian legend about a kingdom in the north rich in gold and silver. Today, enjoy the Saguenay River where the scenery is breathtaking, and you may be lucky enough to catch sight of a passing Beluga whale!

Quebec City, QC

Return to Quebec City, where an optional morning tour introduces the charms of this breathtaking locale and the stunning view from Observatory Towers before visiting the impressive Montmorency Falls. Tonight, a local pianist entertains you onboard.

Montreal, QC

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Welcome to Montreal, vibrant with culture, history, and riverside vistas. Choose an optional tour including Old Montreal, Notre Dame Basilica (subject to availability), Olympic Park, and St. Joseph’s Oratory. This afternoon, another optional tour introduces you to historic Old Montreal and its 17th century architecture. This evening, a flute and guitar duo entertain during a farewell celebration.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Montreal City Tour & Notre Dame Basilica
Montreal is one of the most vibrant, cosmopolitan cities of the world. It is the second largest French speaking city in the world after Paris. Marked by its past, proud of its bicultural heritage and further enriched with a colorful ethnic flavor. Discover this wonderful city as you pass such places of interest as Old Montreal, Olympic Park, Mount Royal Park, St. Joseph’s Oratory, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. Visit the breathtaking Notre-Dame Basilica and enter a world of beauty, peace, reverie and delight. With its dazzling combination of blue and gold, the Basilica is a place like no other in Montreal… “once seen, never forgotten.”

Available only on 8/1, 8/31 & 9/23 itineraries.

Pricing

Category I
$4,599.00
Category II
$5,999.00
Category III
$6,199.00
Category IV
$6,899.00
Category III Singles
$7,699.00
Port Charges
$455.00

TERMS & CONDITIONS 

Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost. All itineraries including ports, activities and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions.

Departure Dates

Embark: New York, NY
Sep 23, 2018
Disembark: Montreal, QC
Oct 06, 2018

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